Salmon Teriyaki

As promised, here is my Salmon Teriyaki post!

Salmon Teriyaki recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I love sushi…well, the “softie” sushi like rolls and small bits of raw fish on lots of rice and other tasty goodies.  My favorites are the California roll, Tempura Shrimp roll and Dragon Roll, to give you an idea.  Man, those all sound good right about now!

Sure, I’m open to being more adventurous every now and again, but I get my sushi so rarely that I like to stick with my favorites.  I’m also a huge fan of a hot bowl of miso soup and some crisp cucumber salad.  Yum!

Salmon Teriyaki recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
Salmon Teriyaki recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
Salmon Teriyaki recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Why so rarely do I get to indulge in my beloved Japanese cuisine, you ask?  Well, Dustin doesn’t care much for Japanese food, so we don’t go very often.  He’s more the BBQ, Italian, steak, hamburger and anything not called Japanese, Chinese, Thai or Mexican kinda guy.  And I still love him, anyway.  Heehee.

When we do get out to a Japanese restaurant, however, Dustin’s usual choice is Salmon Teriyaki.  He prefers to stick with the cooked stuff.

Salmon Teriyaki recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
Salmon Teriyaki recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
Salmon Teriyaki recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Now, I love me some salmon teriyaki just like the next girl, but I never order it out because I’m not about to give up my sushi.  You know?

So, I decided it’d be a good recipe to try out at home for both Dustin and me.  I usually make Pan-Roasted Salmon (AKA Best Salmon Dish ever!) when we buy salmon, so adding another good recipe would be sweet.

Salmon Teriyaki recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I think this Salmon Teriyaki turned out great.  I added some fresh ginger and orange zest to change it up just a bit.  Dustin didn’t like the orange zest as much as I did, but I’ll let you all be the judge.  You won’t believe how easy it is to make incredibly delicious homemade teriyaki sauce.

I’m definitely adding this one to the salmon repertoire and hope you do too!

Salmon Teriyaki

For the Teriyaki Sauce:

1/3 cup (low sodium) soy sauce
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2-3 cloves (approx. 1 tbsp.) garlic, minced
1 tsp. ginger, freshly grated
1/2 tsp. orange zest, freshly grated
1/3 cup water
2 tbsp. corn starch

In a medium saucepan, heat soy sauce, sugars, garlic, ginger and orange zest over medium-high heat. Dissolve corn starch in water in separate mixing bowl and then add to the rest of the mixture. Cook on medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce reaches desired thickness.

For the Salmon:

1 tbsp. olive oil
4 4-6 ounce salmon fillets, skin removed
kosher salt, to coat salmon
ground black pepper, to coat salmon
4-5 green onions, sliced on the bias (diagonally)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Wash and pat salmon fillets dry with paper towel. Generously sprinkle both sides with kosher salt and ground black pepper.

Heat oil in a non-stick, oven-proof skillet over high heat. Once oil is hot, lay fillets (non-skinned-side-down) in the skillet. Pan sear the salmon on the one side until golden, about 2-3 minutes. Once golden, gently flip fillets over and brush generously with teriyaki sauce (see recipe above). Transfer skillet to the oven and roast for 6-10 minutes, or until the fish is tender and flaky. Careful not to overcook the salmon.

Remove the salmon from the oven. Drizzle left-over teriyaki sauce over salmon and garnish with sliced green onions. Serve along with steamed jasmine (white) rice, if desired.



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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

15 comments… add one

  1. Monet February 21, 2011, 4:59 pm

    Just lovely. Like you, I’m a softie when it comes to my sushi :-) I also adore salmon teriyaki, and I’m eager to try your variation out. Thank you for sharing your words, pictures and recipes. And thank you for your kind thoughts on my blog. I appreciate you!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef February 21, 2011, 9:20 pm

      You’re so sweet. Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the salmon teriyaki…from one softie to another :)

  2. Jennifer @ Jane Deere February 21, 2011, 6:49 pm

    Sounds like a replica of me and my husband! He’s coming around to the softie sushi, though. Your Salmon Teriyaki looks delish!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef February 21, 2011, 9:21 pm

      Thanks, Jennifer! Slowly, but surely, I know I’ll win Dustin over with some tempura rolls or something ;)

  3. Tara February 27, 2011, 12:43 pm

    Yay! New salmon recipe to try! My kids are salmon fanatics and I am sure they’re going to love this!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef February 27, 2011, 12:53 pm

      We’re pretty big on salmon in our house, too. I hope you all enjoy it, Tara! Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. Vicky May 25, 2011, 8:44 am

    I made this recipe last night and it was absolutely amazing! I loved it! Will definitely be adding it to the rotation!! Only thing I changed was omitted the orange zest (didn’t have any oranges) and the sauce got thick for me pretty quickly so I only cooked it for 4-5 minutes max.

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef May 25, 2011, 4:09 pm

      Yay!! That makes me so happy to hear :) Thanks for your feedback. Dustin would probably rather omit the orange zest too :)

  5. Lacie October 26, 2011, 8:54 pm

    This was amazing! I made this tonight for my husband, but left out the orange zest because he sounds a lot like yours. ;) It was perfect! I also added a tablespoon or so of prepared horseradish is the sauce. YUM! Served it over rice with stir-fried veggies!

  6. Carol January 29, 2012, 11:04 pm

    Made this and OMG just melted in my mouth! Brilliant! Whole family loved it, no leftovers. YUMYUM Thankyou Lacey

  7. MooKee January 27, 2013, 4:58 pm

    Hi there! Do you think you could use Cod instead of Salmon and do everything the same?

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef January 27, 2013, 7:04 pm

      Hi there. It won’t be exactly the same because salmon really pairs the best, but it will still be tasty with cod :)


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